Prescott students had a spectacular night at the 2019 Pierce County Conservation and Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest. Seven students from Malone Intermediate School and Prescott Middle School expertly shared their knowledge of land and water conservation issues in front of an audience and in front of judges.

The panel of judges said the students educated the audience with great research on current conservation issues and entertaining gestures. All competitors for the evening received a trophy, certificate,and passes to the Pierce County Fair courtesy of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department.

Prescott competitors in the elementary category (fifth and sixth grade) presented 3-5 minute speeches. Ken Ryan and Sophia Kapsh tied for fourth place with their speeches titled "Gypsy Moth Dilemma" and "Trees that Could be Endangered in Pierce County," respectively. Will Markert placed third with his presentation on "White-Nosed Syndrome for Northern Long-Eared Bats." Second place went to Cooper Langer for his speech, "Eurasian Milfoil." First place in the Pierce County Elementary Division went to fifth grader, Nora Boles, for her speech titled "Taking Soil Erosion by the Roots."

Representing Prescott in the Junior Division (5-7 minute speeches), and competing for their third time, were Prescott Middle School seventh graders Jamie Fortney and Chloe Heldman. Jamie's speech, "Battle of the Wetlands" earned her a second place trophy. The Pierce County Junior Division first place award went to Chloe for her presentation titled "Pesticides."

Heldman and Boles will move on to represent Pierce County at the regional tournament in Eau Claire on Feb. 11. Congratulations on a great night!